Full Release: Movies


It’s Christmas! The day when movie studios capitalize on nobody having to work but your friendly neighborhood projectionist by dropping a must-see blockbuster or two into the cinema. So if you’ve opened all your presents, why not open this, too?

Sherlock HolmesGuy Ritchie‘s recent movies have been a little dodgy, but here’s hoping that his split with Madonna will bring back the rough and tumble auteur of Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels for this adaptation of the Arthur Conan Doyle classic. He certainly has a great cast to work with, including a resurgent Robert Downey Jr. as the coke-fiend detective.

The Imaginarium Of Doctor Parnassus – Terry Gilliam’s latest is also the final film of Heath ledger, who departed this mortal coil last year. Christopher Plummer plays the itinerant proprietor of a traveling “imaginarium,” a mysterious show that gives its audience the chance to enter a fantastical world of the imagination. Is it just me, or do you miss the days when Terry Gilliam had to do everything with puppets and other low-tech methods? CGI just seems weird in his flicks.

Alvin And The Chipmunks: The Squeakquel – If you know of a parent who has been bad this year, don’t give them coal in their stocking. Instead, drag them to this craven, grating, unnecessary sequel that tries to cash in on everything from High School Musical to Dreamgirls. The first flick was one of the worst animated movies in years, and I’m sure this one amps up the horrible fart jokes, annoying songs and phoned-in David Cross performances.

It’s Complicated – Is this movie really named after the Facebook relationship status thing? As much as Meryl Streep owned this year and Alec Baldwin always owns, I can’t get excited about this rom-com where the third wheel is Steve Martin. I’m sure Mom will love it, though, so if you didn’t get her anything for Christmas you might be able to take her to the movies and stay in the will.